In the verses leading up to this week’s passage, the writer to the Hebrews has spent time encouraging us to have endurance as we live a life of faith, letting go of “weights” and “sin” that hinder us, while looking to Jesus as our example. But as we come to today’s passage, we come to what we can call “a hard truth”.
This difficult truth has to do with one of the ways that God trains us in our “race of faith”, and that’s through chastisement. Yes, that’s correct - one of the ways that God trains us is through discipline, and His discipline can come in the form of hardship and trials that we face. This is such an important truth that we as Christians need to grasp, because it helps us to make sense of seemingly senseless difficulties that we all face from time to time. Just as a good father disciplines his son for his own good, God corrects us, but His discipline is always motivated by the love that He has for us.
None of us are perfected, so we all need to be disciplined. Although no discipline ever seems pleasant at the time, God works something good and necessary through it for our good, so for that we can be thankful.